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Dive Review of Bora Diving Center/Intercontinental Hotel in
French Polynesia/Bora Bora

Bora Diving Center/Intercontinental Hotel, Mar, 2005,

by Art & Gerry Burke, TX, USA . Report 1780.

No photos available at this time

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 5 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments We booked with Bora Diving Center through Trip N Tour Travel agency because they said Bora Diving Center were friendly, flexible and offered easy diving. This was an understatement! Upon our arrival at the Intercontinental Hotel, we had a message from Bora Diving Center about our diving plans for the next day. They picked us up at the hotel promptly and had a short 10 min ride to the Bora Diving Center where we met the staff. It is a small operation but they are very friendly and adaptable to our needs. The first day we did a lagoon dive to see Mantas. No problem – 3 mantas showed up on cue. The divemasters were all helpful and friendly, spoke English or French and knowledgeable about the area. They only have small fast boats that carry up to 6 divers that made travel to and from the dive sites quick. Entry was a back roll and exit was up a ladder after you removed your weights and BCD. I had a digital camera system that they assisted with in and out of the water – the only negative was no camera table because the boat was small. They did 1 morning dive and 1 afternoon dive so you could return to your hotel in between dives. The dive center had room to store your gear overnight if you did multiple days as we did. I tipped in cash to the divemaster each day because the divemasters did rotate days on and off. The owners, Anne & Michel, were not in Bora Bora while we were there but they sent me a personal note thanking me for diving with Bora Diving Center. There was no complaint with any of the staff on the boat or in the office. Everyone was helpful and lived up to their slogan of “famous for our personal service and attention to the individual…”
The Intercontinental Hotel was excellent. All transport from the airport is via boat so we had a great view of the island as we traveled to the hotel on the southern end of Bora Bora. We had a beachfront bungalow that had ample space with a separate bedroom from a living room. We could walk right out onto the beach and snorkel over the small reefs. The pool was excellent and had an infinity edge which gave a view to the beach. There was a wide assortment of food to eat at the main restaurant or beach café – the Chicken Alfredo was excellent. There were also restaurants outside of the hotel – you have to go to Bloody Mary’s Restaurant if you want a tropical atmosphere (sand floor) and excellent seafood. We rented a car to tour the island – it isn’t that big – where we did shopping and sight seeing. Overall we had a great experience on Bora Bora.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Caymans, Belize, Bonaire, Maldives, Seycelles, Grand Turk,
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, rainy Seas calm, currents
Water Temp 80-84°F / 27-29°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50-75 Ft/ 15-23 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions All dives lead by DM due to either currents or drift dive. No restrictions on depth or time - dependent on group of dives to define.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 5 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 3 stars
UW Photo Comments Small fast boats did not have camera table, hotel had ample outlets to recharge batteries.
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